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TOEFL Alternatives


The following are considered equivalencies to the TOEFL scores of 61 (iBT):

  • SAT* Reading 27 (earned March 2016 or later); ACT* verbal 21 English; TAKS 2200 English/ 3 writing; PTE overall 44; IELTS 6.0 or above overall band score.
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) ELTC completion of program letter with a minimum average of 85% and levels from intermediate to advanced.
  • Completion of the advanced-level Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) offered by the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC).
  • Students who have completed their entire formal education at the secondary or post secondary level in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United Kingdom (all).
  • Students who have earned at least 12 transferable semester credits AND completed English composition 1 & 2, with grades of C or better in each, in university-level courses from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an institution of higher education in one of the countries listed above, are exempt from TOEFL. ESL courses will not count as transferable courses. No online English courses are accepted for English proficiency.

The following are considered equivalent to the TOEFL scores of 79 (iBT):

  • PTE overall 53 or IELTS 6.5 or above overall band score.
  • TAMUK ELTC completion of program letter with a minimum average of 90% and levels from Low Advanced, Advanced Plus or High Advanced.
  • Students who have completed their entire formal education at the secondary or post secondary level in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United Kingdom (all).
  • Students who have earned at least 12 transferable semester credits AND completed English composition 1 & 2, with grades of C or better in each, in university-level courses from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an institution of higher education in one of the countries listed above, are exempt from TOEFL. ESL courses will not count as transferable courses. No online English courses are accepted for English proficiency.
  • Applicants may submit the Duolingo English Test (DET), which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allow applicants to complete the test at any time or place with internet access. The university's most competitive applicants have DET scores of at least 100.
  • The minimum score required is a 6.0 overall band score. Texas A&M University-Kingsville only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required for IELTS. Please contact the test center directly where you took the test and request that your test scores be sent to the following e-download account: